Over the last fortnight, life at Ormond Primary School has been extremely busy. We have been finalising class structures, student placements and staffing arrangements which can be quite a complex process in any school during this time of the year.
Balancing the needs of the students, staff, increased enrolment demands, recruitment processes, managing an ever changing staffing profile, budgetry constraints, finalising our appointments and managing staff that might be potentially returning or leaving Ormond Primary School can cause some feelings of uncertainty. I hope all families can understand and support this process, as this is a school’s operational obligation and cannot be discussed within the community.
When we are compiling class lists, many factors are taken into account including academic abilities, individual needs, gender, learning partners, student relationships and previous class placements/teachers. We also look at what is in the best educational interests of students as a whole. It’s about getting the balance right – and making the classes fair for all.
Our teachers have spent considerable time on these allocations and parental input has also been valued in this process. On Tuesday 12th December all students will meet their 2018 teacher and peers. Please support your child to embrace change and demonstrate their utmost resilience, even if they feel disappointment. These are just little hurdles we all face in our daily lives and what makes us stronger as individuals.
2018 School Payments
A reminder that the inital 2018 School Payments are due by Wednesday 13th December 2017.
It is the school’s preference that all payments are made via the Compass Parent Portal. Parents/Carers must also complete the annual Permissions and Agreements for 2018 at the same time. Compass accepts Debit and Credit cards. Payment plans are also available if you pay via Compass.
Manual payments can be made at the office by cash, cheque, credit card or EFTPOS. If you choose this option you must still access Compass to complete the annual Permissions and Agreements. Manual payments will not be accepted over the phone.
Donations to the Building Fund are tax deductable a separate tax deductable receipt will be issued. These payments can also be made via Compass.
The State Government now provides a CSEF payment of $125.00 per child to go towards Camps, Swimming, Interschool Sports and Excursions. To be eligible for this Fund you must be in possession of a Health Care Card which will be valid as at 29th January 2018. If you believe you are eligible for this payment, please come to the office to collect an application form. Please do not pay any contributions for 2018 until you have completed this form and spoken to our Business Manager, Jan Cassidy.
If you have any issues or questions regarding Compass, please contact Brodie in the Office on 9578 1327.
Extreme Weather Conditions
After arriving at school on Monday, we were pleasantly surprised that there was not much damage caused by the storm. The department’s Security/Emergency Services sent out plumbers and electricians to help deal with the leaking roof and electrical faults. It turns our pigeons are more of a problem than our roof, as they have decided to set up their homes in our pipes. Apart from the library and outside Mr Cheverton’s room, there was no additional damage caused throughout the school.
School Review - 2018
Last week the Leadership Team met with our Senior Education Improvement Leader – Stuart Andrews to review the 2017 Annual Implementation Plan and celebrate some of our achievements over the last six months, as well as discuss goals and key improvement strategies for 2018. Every four years, Primary Schools in Victoria write a 4 year Strategic Plan that lists the key initiatives for continuous school improvement. The Plan is written in consultation with students, staff and parents. From the Strategic Plan, the school identifies goals for each of the three years. In 2018 the school will undertake a self-evaluation in readiness for the School Review which contributes to the development of a new Strategic Plan.
Whilst we all braved Melbourne’s extreme weather conditions, it seems strange that we are now officially entering the summer months. I would like to remind all families that we have updated our school’s SunSmart policy attached below. Apart from wearing wide brimmed hats, I would like to remind families to provide each student with their own roll on sunscreen. Ultraviolet rays are harmful because overexposure to UVB radiation can cause sunburn and some forms of skin cancer. It also has harmful effects on the eye as well as the immune system. During the summer months we encourage parents to apply sunscreen before school and we will help remind your child to re-apply at lunchtime. We have also attached this to our website to help parents check UV ratings.
SeeUV is also a warning tool for current UV levels. Although you can’t see or feel UV, the app uses the current temperature and UV readings to depict the strength of UV rays in your environment – the more red rays dancing across your screen, the greater the UV damage danger at that location – telling you to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide. Check out the app for yourself, free on Google Play and the App Store. Let’s all be proactive and prevent skin cancer in future years.
New Student Toilets
We are extremely excited to receive the news that the Department of Education & Training will fund the full refurbishment of our student toilets. A few weeks ago I met with the Victorian School Building Authority – Architects and our plans have been submitted for the tendering process and appointment of contractors. The scope of works exceeds all of our expectations and will be over $50,000. We hope that the emergency works can proceed immediately during the summer break or at least at the end of Term 1.
Our students have been extremely excited by the news and starting to show more respect for our facilities in the interim. Our Student Action Team for School Hygiene have generated great reminders and posters that are on display in the students toilets. I would appreciate if parents could also continue to remind our students not to loiter in the toilets and respect each other’s privacy. It has been brought to my attention that students have been engaging in the following behaviours which will warrant serious consequences.
- Peeping through the doors
- Urinating on the seats
- Wasting toilet paper by throwing wet paper up on the ceiling
- Switching lights off – frightening younger children
- Locking doors from the inside and climbing out
- Throwing paper towels on the floors
- General inappropriate behaviour
As a result of this funding, we can now turn our attention to refurbishing the Art room and even consider insulating the walls our Year 6 classrooms, which were poorly built during the BER project and become extremely hot during the summer months. We thank all parents who have already contributed to the school’s Building Fund, which is a tax-deductible donation.
Year 6 Graduation/Student Leadership
As we approach the end of the year, our Year 6 students are preparing for their special activities as part of their celebrations. On Wednesday 20th December, we get the opportunity to acknowledge the graduating classes of 2017. We are very proud of our students and cannot wait to make this night so special and memorable for all. In the meantime our Year 5 students are starting to step up and consider what leadership opportunities they will seek in 2018. We cannot wait to hear how they will lead the school in 2018. They will certainly have big shoes to fill in many positions.
New Principal - Kerri McLeod
Last Tuesday Ms McLeod visited Ormond Primary School. She was taken on a tour of the school and met all the students. Kerri and I had a good handover meeting, which will allow her to start 2018 with all the information on hand. I know she is looking forward to meeting all members of our school community.
F-2 Swimming Program
Many of our students are enjoying their last few weeks of school participating in the school’s Swimming Program. We are seeking feedback about this program to better inform our plans for 2018. Please feel free to email the school.
All school reports will go live via COMPASS on Monday 18th December. Below you will find information regarding the reports and how to be able to download a copy. Comparisons cannot be made to last year’s reports as we did not report on the Victorian Curriculum Standards.
Parents of all Year 6 students as well as those of students who are departing Ormond Primary School at the end of the year are asked to please ensure you have download all your child's reports for your own records as your access to the Compass Parent Portal will no longer be available after 28th December 2017.
Reports can be located under the 'Report' tab of your child's profile on Compass (please see attached example pictures). If you have any questions or technical issues please contact the office.
Congratulations to Ella P who was awarded the Lorraine Francis Community Award from Nick Staikos, Bentleigh’s Member of Parliament at last week’s assembly.
Ella has demonstrated her community leadership by instigating a whole school initiative to collect items for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and has organised fundraisers for State School Relief as well as for Ormond. Ella is a very active co-captain of the Student Representative Council and always makes new students feel welcome at Ormond.
Natalie Rose Lorrie Dell
Acting Principal Assistant Principal